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Signals Calls & Marches Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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MISSION OF BURMA
THE SOUND THE SPEED THE LIGHT

Before, the surprise was that after 20 years of hiatus, the band was just as good as ever. Now, they're even better, more cohesive and confident, louder and funnier, still learning from life and each other, and using that experience to create ever more compelling music.” –Dusted

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009Q4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's When I Reach For My Revolver
2. Outlaw
3. Fame And Fortune
4. This Is Not A Photgraph
5. Red
6. All World Cowboy Romance
7. Academy Fight Song
8. Max Ernst

Editorial Reviews

This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1997 Rykodisc release. Catalog #RCD-10339. Still sealed. There is a hole punch through the UPC.Track Listing:1. That's When I Reach For My Revolver2. Outlaw3. Fame And Fortune4. This Is Not A Photograph5. Red6. All World Cowboy Romance7. Academy Fight Song8. Max Ernst

Customer Reviews

Plus, it has the amazing Academy Fight Song b-side from the Max Ernst 7".
Michael B. Joyce
I probably should have written this review after listening to this album again, but overall I believe if you know of this album, you are going to buy it. great stuff.
Fat Brad
I'm a big fan of postpunk, and this album is one of the shining gems of the genre.
Justin T. Bankston

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Fazio on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first encountered Burma on the radio; "Academy fight Song" and "Revolver" were actually "hits" on a major Boston radio station -- this being waaay back in the day before Clearchannel bought up everything and radio became the same sucky suck on every channel. Good catchy punk songs, they grab you quickly. (Though "Academy" really reveals its multi-tracked mystery in headphones...) It wasn't till some time later, coming down on clear MIT-blotter acid one misty dawn, that I heard "Signals, Calls, and Marches" in full, but when i did, it completely redefined what I thought was possible with a guitar, a bass, and some drums. (And tape loops, aaah, the tape loops...) "Revolver" pulls you in with its angular intensity, shakes you around ("and now the sky is empty, but that is nothing new..."), then leaves you hanging on this melancholy chord, which --before you ever have time to process it-- has Peter Prescott pushing you with his kick drum into "Outlaw", which kicks in with a jagged, ideologically choppy riff. "Fame and Fortune" rolls in on an epic, moody wave, and build in intensity before crashing into this haunting, spacious breakdown that has Roger pulling all sorts of sounds out of his guitar. And for two guys who never really put technique before passion in their vocals, Roger & Clint always come up with these rough harmonies that seem all the more effective for rising out of a sea of noise. (Something Husker Du would later take to the bank...) Side 2 (oops, showing my age) kicks off with "This Is Not A Photograph" which features Dada-esque lyrics, an absolutely PRIMAL riff, and some sicksickSICK slide guitar plunges from Roger. "Red" is a journey through all sorts of terrain; "there's a window in my head", don't you know it.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin T. Bankston on November 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of postpunk, and this album is one of the shining gems of the genre. Bands were taking to heart the freedom that punk rock offered and taking the music to a new place. Burma were the voice of America in a postpunk world dominated by Wire, Gang of Four, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, et al. If you like any of these bands, or are interested in this incredibly vital period in rock music, Mission of Burma is necessary to your life. 'That's When I Reach for My Revolver', 'Academy Fight Song', and 'This is not a Photograph' are probably the best three songs to start your Burma fascination, and they're all on this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fat Brad on June 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
okay, I picked this up mainly from hearing that fugazi was influenced by this band and because of the book Our Band Could Be Your Life. I am incredibly pleased that I bought this album. Each song is complex and dense, especially songs like Red and Max Ernst. The guitar, bass, and especially drum playing is really really well done and original. here is a synopsis of each song:
Thats When I Reach for my Revolver- awesome song, great lyrics, one of their poppiest tunes, but still rather good. Its just like Roger Miller said, every song Clint writes he has to include a bass solo. one of the funner songs on the album
Outlaw- straight out of the Gang of Four Bag O' Tricks, this song takes a few listens to appreciate. it is sorta danceable (!) and much better than some Franz Ferdinand songs.
Fame and Fortune- Roger's attempt of writing a commercial song, but still rather good. a highlight, but sadly I havent listened to this album in awhile, so I cant say too much about it. Pretty catchy and strong
This Is Not A Photograph- great song, the cries of "this is not a photograph" is one of the hooks in this song, and its got a few. I like the guitar work.
Red- My favorite lyrics from this EP. great tune...I need to listen to it again.
All World's Cowboy Romance (is that the right title?)- Fun instrumental. I like it when it starts to get really noisy
Academy Fight Song- another one of those "hits" that wasnt actually a hit. their catchiest song, with layers upon layers of guitar. How can you not sing along in the chorus?
Max Ernst- My favorite song off of this. For me, its like their punk song, but its also got experimental stuff, like the weird timed breakdown and the yells of dada. great tune.
I probably should have written this review after listening to this album again, but overall I believe if you know of this album, you are going to buy it. great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of the first CDs I bought was Rykodisc's 1987 MoB complete compilation; it was at the time the longest CD yet issued! The sound on that, I thought, could not be bettered, but after waiting a while to buy the remastered EP, this is not a cash-in job simply getting you to pay for the album again in (for me) its third form (counting my vinyl). I tend not to 'upgrade' a CD unless absolutely convinced it's one needing improvement. On this, I admit I gambled. I thought MoB sounded fine on that pioneering CD, but this re-issue nearly a decade later shows the sound's tighter and ratcheted up a bit more in intensity.

Which is saying a lot for MoB. The first four songs stand here as one of the most powerful post-punk statements ever recorded. The next eight (two--which were a single--are added to the original six). Why four stars? Well, I never liked "Academy Fight Song," but even its clunkiness sounds passable here--it's in a better place following the EP as it was meant to be heard; the 1987 chronologically ordered compilation began with "AFS," but I think it's moved better as a footnote than title header, so to speak.

For a young band's first recorded songs, these show maturity in lyrical ambition (if a bit too strained into prep school self-consciously alienated smarts on the two single songs), precise musical arrangements, and three singer-songwriters in training. It sounds spacious yet coiled, and prepares you for their triumph, "VS." as more than a warm-up. (I might add that while their reunion "Off/On" nearly matched "VS.", that their third album, this year's "The Obliterati" (great multi-level pun) may even surpass "VS." in its formidable stature. This EP shows that the band had what it takes for the long haul, then and now. It comes out roaring, and combines brains with brawn in a way few "college radio/alternative" bands of the era have managed to come close to. I don't think any American post-punk band on an early 80s debut surpassed this EP.
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